Farewell, Planer Snipe

A snipe is a long, shallow trough that gets carved into boards an inch or two from the trailing end just before a board exits a thickness planer.

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In a wood shop, a snipe isnt an imaginary bird. Its a long, shallow trough that gets carved into boards an inch or two from the trailing end just before a board exits a thickness planer. The smart way to deal with it is to plane boards before cutting them to length, then just cut off any snipes. But sometimes theres not enough length to do that, especially when you buy small, expensive chunks of exotics. Heres what to do then. Trace the last 4 in. of your beauty board on a wider scrap board of the same thickness. Saw out the notch, fit the two boards together and plane them as one. Any snipe or gouging will show up on the trailing board, not in your workpiece. Thanks to Wesley Ausdahl for this tip.

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